Read on to see some breathtaking photos that display the incredible majesty of Yellowstone in winter.
Like most national parks, the vast majority of visitors to Yellowstone National Park come during the summer. However, visiting Yellowstone in winter is still possible and is a very underrated way of seeing some of the incredible majesty the park has to offer.
Seeing the abundant populations of wildlife against the snowy landscapes and steaming thermal features of Yellowstone in winter is an incredible sight that no other place on this planet can match.
Continue reading to see some fantastic photos of Yellowstone in winter that will absolutely take your breath away.
The first streaks of red in the sky that signal the beginning of a new day in Yellowstone provide a stark contrast with the white snow that blankets the park.
There is nothing quite like seeing the sun rise at Yellowstone in winter.
Yellowstone in winter has a stillness that is difficult to accurately describe. You can’t truly understand the calm and serene feel of Yellowstone in winter until you’ve journeyed to the frozen park yourself.
Sunrise comes to the Lamar Valley in the northern portion of Yellowstone National Park.
While Yellowstone in winter may appear to be a frozen wasteland at first glance, this could not be further from the truth. The park is absolutely teeming with wildlife, like this beautiful bull elk.
There are thousands of bison in Yellowstone National Park and it is common to encounter the gigantic lumbering creatures traveling along the roads during the winter.
Most of the roads in the park are closed during winter, but there are a few that you may access on your own in order to explore the frozen majesty of the park.
If you’re lucky, you just might catch a glimpse of a red fox while exploring the frozen interior of Yellowstone in winter.
The partially frozen lower Yellowstone Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is truly an awe-inspiring sight.
Words cannot describe the overwhelming magnificence and sheer beauty of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in winter.
Thermal features beneath the lakes and rivers in Yellowstone keep some of the waters ice-free all year long, resulting in pockets of roiling water amid the frozen landscape.
The same thermal features that keep some of the waterways from freezing release pillars of steam into the frigid air.
The thermal features of Yellowstone are constantly changing. A thermal feature developed beneath these trees and killed them, leaving the trunks standing as a silent reminder that death is never far away in the beautiful, but hostile, environment of Yellowstone.
Not all of the waterways in the park remain unfrozen through the winter. This lonely coyote is sitting in the middle of a section of the Yellowstone River that is frozen rock solid.
With the onset of winter, most of the elk in Yellowstone migrate to the northern portion of the park where elevations are lower and food is easier to find.
Yellowstone National Park is home to the largest free ranging and genetically pure herd of bison in the United States.
Bison are ideally suited for the harsh conditions present in Yellowstone in winter. They are so well insulated that their body heat will not melt snow that accumulates on their fur.
The park is also home to a sizable population of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep which thrive on the top of the rocky peaks of the park.
In addition to all of the large mammals that call the park home, Yellowstone in winter is also host to many migratory birds like these goldeneye ducks.
What do you think these awesome photos of Yellowstone in winter? Ready to visit the park?
All photos courtesy of John McAdams